Annie Hall (high sheriff)

Annie Hall (1949/50–2019) was a British businesswoman who served as High Sheriff of Derbyshire for the year 2017–2018.[1] She was the first woman to be president of Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce.[2] She was also vice-chair of Derbyshire Mental Health NHS Trust,[2] chair of the council of Derby Cathedral,[3] and a trustee of the charity Foundation Derbyshire.[2]

Annie Hall
High Sheriff of Derbyshire
In office
Preceded byElizabeth Fothergill
Succeeded byLucy Palmer
Personal details
Died (aged 69)
Derbyshire, England
Spouse(s)Michael Hall
ResidenceAshford-in-the-Water, Derbyshire, England

Hall was raised in Wincanton, Somerset, and educated at a Catholic school nearby.[2] She subsequently studied psychiatric nursing.[2] She married Michael Hall, and the couple subsequently moved from Somerset to Derbyshire, where they set up a business manufacturing industrial winches.[2]

She died on 8 November 2019[4] after being swept away by the flooded River Derwent at Rowsley, following a period of unusually heavy rainfall.[5] The car she and her husband were travelling in was overturned by floodwater.[2] He survived by managing to hold on to a lamppost.[2] Her body was found around 2 miles (3.2 km) downstream, near Darley Dale, some two hours later.[6][2]

Hall was 69 at the time of her death,[2] and was a resident of Ashford-in-the-Water.[2][7]


  1. ^ "High Sheriff of Derbyshire". Retrieved 9 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Southworth, Phoebe; Henderson, Eugene; Bird, Steve (9 November 2019). "Flood victim named as Annie Hall, former Derbyshire High Sheriff". The Telegraph. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Tributes paid to former High Sheriff who died in Derbyshire floods". Derby Telegraph. 9 November 2019. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Derbyshire's former High Sheriff, Annie Hall, named as woman who died after being swept away by River Derwent in Darley Dale". Matlock Mercury. Retrieved 9 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Severe warnings remain as flood death woman named". BBC News. 9 November 2019. Retrieved 9 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Woman dies and dozens evacuated as floods hit". BBC News. 8 November 2019. Retrieved 9 November 2019.
  7. ^ Fisher, Steve (10 April 2017). "High Sheriff of Derbyshire formally opens Commerce House". East Midlands Business Link. Retrieved 9 November 2019.

External linksEdit